How to make a doorstop is easier than you might think! My friend asked me to make her a few doorstops right as I needed to come up with an easy sewing tutorial for beginners, as a part of a monthly creative challenge I’ve been doing with a few other bloggers. It was just the motivation I needed and I love how this DIY fabric doorstop turned out. Check out a roundup of easy sewing project for beginners here for more ideas!
I followed the same steps, sans Velcro, from my phone-cord weight tutorial, and it turned out just right.
If you’re not familiar with that project, it’s designed with two squares so there isn’t a “base” per se but it forms a nifty triangular shape and sews up so quickly.
Looking for more home decor projects? Check these posts out!
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The fabric is from Jo-Ann Fabrics and its a scrap from the beanbag I made her with it. I just love the bright colors in it! Quilting cotton would work as well, but I’d recommend interfacing it for crisper edges.
Want to make your own?
- Sewing machine
- Poly fill*
- Poly pellets* (you could also use beans or rice, but the pellets make it easy to throw in the wash!)
- 1/4 yard of canvas or home dec weight fabric
1- Cut two 8.5″ squares (I used this quilt ruler* to make it super easy! Sew them together on three sides with 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the seams open.
2- Open up the squares and match the middle seams together, this will form the new shape.
3- Sew the new seam, leaving a small gap about 2 inches wide. Be sure to take a few stitches forward/backwards at the start and stop of each side. Use an iron and press the seam allowance (that fabric inside your stitching line, that you can see the pretty side of) out, including the gap.
4-Trim off the corners, making sure not to clip through the stitching.
5- Gently pull it right-side-out through the gap that you left, and poke the corners out gently with a chopstick or a pen. Use an iron to press the seams again.
6- Stuff! I used a mixture of Poly Fill and Poly Pellets to give it a nice shape and weight while staying machine washable. Sew up the opening; I used a ladder stitch (you can find a tutorial here) but you could also use your machine to sew it shut.